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Sprint testing new unlimited data plans for $60/month

Posted: 22 Jul 2016 07:08 PM PDT

Unlimited data is a big topic of interest these days, particularly today, since Verizon announced that it will be deactivating unlimited data customers who use more than 100GB/month. While Verizon may not be such a fan, other carriers are competing to offer the best value to customers.

Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T all offer unlimited data plans, but Sprint has begun testing a new plan that undercuts its already low prices. Sprint's latest plan is dubbed the Unlimited Freedom Plan and it offers unlimited talk, text, and data for just $60/month for one line in both Boston and Milwaukee, two of the test markets. Customers in these markets can also add a second line for $45/month and additional lines past that for $25/month.

Sprint is also testing a slightly different plan in Oklahoma and parts of Arizona that offers two lines with unlimited talk, text, and data for $50/month per line. Users can add additional lines for $25/month.

An interesting facet of these plans is that they take a leaf out of T-Mobile's book by "optimizing" (downgrading streams) when users stream music or video, allowing the content to stream at a faster and smoother rate, albeit at a lower quality.

These plans are clearly aimed at providing bang for your buck, severely undercutting both T-Mobile and AT&T, and even going under Sprint's current unlimited plan, which begin at $75/month for one line. While the optimization of streams may turn off some customers, the extreme value will likely attract even more. The question is, will those customers stick with the carrier?

We'll keep you posted if Sprint decides to take these plans nationwide.


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Google app v6.2 beta reveals more about Google assistant and teases 'Ok Google' hotword setting for Auto and Maps navigation mode [APK Teardown]

Posted: 22 Jul 2016 04:46 PM PDT

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Google has been on a roll this week with app updates and there have been some pretty cool new features, not the least of which makes comic books more awesome. One of the latest arrivals to the list is a beta update to the titular app. Known originally as "Search," the Google app now encompasses a custom launcher, the Now stream, Now on Tap, voice commands, and more. The recently announced Google assistant is on course to join the party, promising to bring many of these technologies together to deliver something not unlike the computer from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Google app v6.2 beta reveals more about Google assistant and teases 'Ok Google' hotword setting for Auto and Maps navigation mode [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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